Duarte and the Pacers take on conference foe Toronto
Indiana Pacers (25-49, 13th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Toronto Raptors (41-32, seventh in the Eastern Conference)
Toronto; Saturday, 7:30 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Pascal Siakam and the Toronto Raptors host Chris Duarte and the Indiana Pacers in Eastern Conference play.
The Raptors have gone 25-20 against Eastern Conference opponents. Toronto has a 21-13 record in games decided by at least 10 points.
The Pacers have gone 11-34 against Eastern Conference opponents. Indiana ranks fifth in the Eastern Conference with 25.0 assists per game led by Duarte averaging 2.1.
The teams play for the fourth time this season. The Pacers won the last matchup 114-97 on Nov. 27. Domantas Sabonis scored 23 points to help lead the Pacers to the win.
TOP PERFORMERS: Siakam is shooting 49.0% and averaging 22.2 points for the Raptors. Scottie Barnes is averaging 17.8 points over the last 10 games for Toronto.
Duarte is averaging 13.1 points for the Pacers. Buddy Hield is averaging 16.5 points and 5.1 assists over the last 10 games for Indiana.
LAST 10 GAMES: Raptors: 7-3, averaging 110.8 points, 48.8 rebounds, 20.7 assists, 8.3 steals and 4.1 blocks per game while shooting 44.5% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 107.1 points per game.
Pacers: 3-7, averaging 116.4 points, 43.4 rebounds, 27.7 assists, 6.5 steals and 5.5 blocks per game while shooting 47.7% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 120.4 points.
INJURIES: Raptors: Gary Trent Jr.: day to day (toe), Malachi Flynn: out (hamstring), OG Anunoby: day to day (finger).
Pacers: Ricky Rubio: out for season (knee), T.J. McConnell: out (wrist), Malcolm Brogdon: out (rest), Isaiah Jackson: out (headache), Myles Turner: out (foot), T.J. Warren: out for season (foot), Tyrese Haliburton: day to day (back), Goga Bitadze: day to day (foot), Chris Duarte: out (toe).